Category Archives: Caribbean news

Caribbean: Barbados to become a Republic in 2021

Barbados Nation Newspaper – 15 September 2020


Barbados’ first prime minister, Errol Walton Barrow,

Barbados’ first prime minister, Errol Walton Barrow, cautioned against loitering on colonial premises. 

    • Barbados will become a Republic by next year.
This announcement was made by Governor General Dame Sandra Mason as she delivered the Throne Speech during the State Opening of Parliament at Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St Michael on Tuesday.

“Barbados’ first prime minister, The Rt. Excellent Errol Walton Barrow, cautioned against loitering on colonial premises. That warning is as relevant today as it was in 1966.          Continue reading

Opinion: End the Nobel Peace Prize – Graeme Wood | The Atlantic

The Trump nomination shows that peace had its chance, and blew it.

Graeme Wood | The Atlantic

Trolls are a Scandinavian invention, straight from the frigid sagas of Norse mythology, but Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a Norwegian parliamentarian, swears that he is not one.

Observers of his antics this week could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. On Wednesday, he announced that he had nominated Donald J. Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize. “Can you name a person who has done more for peace than President Trump?” Tybring-Gjedde asked me, insisting that the question was a serious one.        Continue reading


By: Barbados’ Ambassador to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), David Comissiong, 

David Comissiong

Christopher Columbus stumbled into the Caribbean in 1492 and set in train processes that have led inexorably to the 20th and 21st Century mindset that says “profit and consumption by any means necessary – and more and more for me, in fact, the more the better – and to hell with “lesser breeds” who may be exploited or harmed in the process – just as long as I am doing alright or I think that I am doing alright!”

You see, it was the Spanish Conquistadors of the 16th Century who started the New World process of experimentation with mechanisms to perfect the exploitation of both Man and Nature in pursuit of profit – super abundant profit.


Obituary: Patsy Blair Robertson, diplomat, born 28 August 1933; died 17 August 2020

Influential media spokesperson for the Commonwealth whose skill and charm helped to galvanise opposition to apartheid

Patsy Robertson

Patsy Blair Robertson, diplomat, born 28 August 1933; died 18 August 2020

Victoria Brittain | The Guardian UK 

Jamaica-born, Patsy Robertson, who has died aged 86, was a prominent figure in the historic turning of the tide against Margaret Thatcher’s support for apartheid South Africa by the Commonwealth leadership, headed by Guyana-born, Sir Shridath (Sonny) Ramphal.

As Ramphal’s trusted confidante Robertson helped to shape a new UK mainstream narrative: That apartheid could not be reformed, but instead had to go. Official spokesperson for the Commonwealth from 1983 until 1994, and also director of information at the Commonwealth Secretariat from 1988, she was a brilliant communicator whose clarity and charm came to be trusted by the media, politicians and Buckingham Palace.    Continue reading

Anxious isles: The pandemic’s indirect hit on the Caribbean economies – The Economist

The region has been spared the worst ravages of covid-19. That has not protected its economies

The Americas –Aug 22nd 2020 edition- THE ECONOMIST

When a highly infectious disease is the biggest threat to global well-being, islands with small populations have an advantage. They can seal themselves off. The English-speaking islands of the Caribbean have by and large done this. Most have, at least until recently, kept rates of infection low (see chart). Some small islands, such as Anguilla and Montserrat, have no confirmed infections.

But that has not protected the Caribbean from the economic consequences of the pandemic. Much of the region depends on tourism, which has been hit hard. In Jamaica, which with 3m people is the most populous of the Anglophone islands, tourism accounts for 10% of gdp. Its indirect contribution is much higher.        Continue reading

RACISM: West Indies cricket legend Michael Holding discussing racism in the UK – VIDEOS

RACISM: West Indies legend Michael Holding breaks down discussing racism in the UK

Holding recently made headlines after making an impassioned plea over racism in the UK during a rain break in the test match between England and the West Indies.

CRICKET: See Michael Holding bowling in 1976 vs England in video below.  This is an example of his devastating fast-bowling :

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Trinidad and Tobago: Keith Rowley and Cabinet will be sworn in on August 19. 2020

—- Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar concedes to final Election Results 2020

T&T PM Dr. Keith Rowley

[Trinidad Guardian – August 18, 2020]

President Paula-Mae Weekes will swear-in Dr Keith Rowley as Prime Minister tomorrow: (August 19, 2020). The announcement was made via a media release today.

Dr Rowley said his entire Cabinet will also be sworn in as well.

The following is a statement from the Office of the President.

“Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes O.R.T.T., President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago today received the final results of the General Election 2020 from the Chairman of the Elections & Boundaries Commission. Her Excellency immediately thereafter issued letters to Dr. Keith Rowley and Mrs. Kamla Persad-Bissessar enquiring of their willingness to be appointed Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition, respectively.       Continue reading

US Politics: Harris ‘electrifies’ West Indian voters — and gives Biden a new edge in Florida – Politico

The Black West Indian diaspora community is a little-discussed but increasingly influential slice of the electorate of the nation’s biggest swing state.

LAUDERHILL, Fla. — Almost as soon as Kamala Harris became the first woman of Jamaican-Indian descent to be nominated for vice president, a mock White House menu of oxtail and jerk chicken cropped up on a West Indian diaspora Facebook group called Soca de Vote.

Calls from Caribbean radio show hosts flooded the Biden campaign from South Florida. And a jolt of excitement shot through the crowd of early vote poll workers at the Lauderdhill Mall, in the midst of Broward County’s growing Jamaican community.

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MUSIC: How the Chinese-Jamaican Community Influenced the Development of Classic Reggae – Opinion

 By Jared Proudfoot | Bandcamp Daily

Jamaican music as we know it today—from mento to ska, rocksteady, reggae, dancehall, and dub — has been well documented. But within those genres, there was a small but influential group of innovators whose story is not as well known. — these were the studio and record shop owners, sound system engineers, producers, and session musicians who each played an underappreciated but outsized role in the development of Jamaican music as we know it. They were also all descendants of the Hakka people from the Guangdong province in China.             

The emergence of a Chinese-Jamaican commVincent and Patricia Chin; Clive Chin; Mikey and Geoffrey Chung; Byron Lee; Justin Yap; Leslie Kong; Ernest, Jo Jo, Kenneth, and Paulie Hoo Kim unity in Jamaica dates back to the 1850’s, when a population of Hakka Chinese moved to the island as indentured laborers.      Continue reading

Trinidad Elections: Boycott over race rant by relative of Ramsaran Dairy Products

— ‘Racist’ rant online leads to firing, products removed from stores…

A rant on social media deemed to be racist and highly offensive has led to the firing of a close family member and employee of popular drinks manufacturer Ramsaran’s Dairy Products, as well as a mass boycott of the products.

The Supermarkets Association of Trinidad and Tobago has urged its 300-plus members to “immediately” boycott the brand.

Five supermarkets—Massy Stores, Xtra Foods, Persad’s D’ Food King, JTA and West Bees—confirmed yesterday they were pulling Ramsaran’s products from their shelves “with immediate effect”.   

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